US sanctions target alleged financiers to organize an Islamic state

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on people in Belgium, Kenya and Turkey on alleged financing charges for organizing an Islamic state.

The US Treasury Department said it identified the people who succeeded Fawaz Mohammed Jubair al-Rawi, who was killed in a raid by the US-led coalition in Syria in 2017 after sending millions of dollars to militant militants.

The ministry said it had imposed sanctions on seven people, including Mushtaq Talib al-Rawi, who has been living with his family in Belgium since late 2018.

Last year’s evidence was found showing that Mushtaq was helping finance the organization of the Islamic state through the use of electronic payment machines of the Iraqi government to pay for state employees and retirees, according to the ministry.

Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandler said the ministry “is committed to ensuring that the Islamic state is permanently defeated by cutting off all sources of funding for its terrorist acts worldwide.”

Al-Rawi’s network dates back to the 1990s in Iraq when Baghdad used the informal hawala system to avoid international sanctions imposed on the country under Saddam Hussein.

The Treasury Department has imposed sanctions on New Land Exchange, which is believed to have brought remittances between Iraq and the northern city of Samsun.

The ministry said it suspected a member of the Islamic State Organization in Iraq had received a million dollars through the company last year.

The latest sanctions also targeted Halima Adnan Ali in Kenya, which the Treasury said was part of a network that transferred more than $ 150,000 through the hawala system to Islamic state fighters in Syria, Libya and Central Africa.

Under the statement, the United States will confiscate any assets found by individuals subject to sanctions and prevent any Americans from conducting financial transactions with them.

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